Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Presents:


Lisa Mezzacappa’s avantNOIR




Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area-based bassist, bandleader, composer, curator and producer. An active collaborator in the Bay Area music community for more than a dozen years, she leads her own groups Bait & Switch, the Interlopers, Nightshade, Eartheaters and the Lisa Mezzacappa Trio, and co-leads the ensembles BODABODA, duo B., Cylinder, the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo, and the Caribbean folk band Les Gwan Jupons. Lisa has released her music on the Clean Feed, NoBusiness, Leo, NotTwo, Evander, Odd Shaped Case and Edgetone record labels, and has recorded as a sideperson for the Tzadik, Kadima and Porto Franco labels. She collaborates frequently on cross-disciplinary projects in sound installation, film/video, sculpture and public music/art.

As curator, she programs the annual JazzPOP concert seres at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, now in its 10th year; and a live cinema series, Mission Eye and Ear, at Artists' Television Access. She founded the Monday Makeout creative music series in the Mission District of San Francisco, and programs the Best Coast Jazz Composers series as a member of the artistic committee San Francisco's Center for New Music. She has performed at countless Bay Area venues including Intersection for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, Yoshi’s, the Jazzschool, and the de Young Museum, San Francisco; as well as the Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle; the Montreal Jazz Festival and Victoriaville Festival de Musique Actuelle, Canada; the Monterey Jazz Festival, CA; Moers Festival, Germany; and Novara Jazz Festival, Italy.

avant-NOIR is a suite of music for sextet, inspired by noir genre fiction set in New York City (my hometown) and the San Francisco Bay Area (my adopted home for the past 13 years). avant-NOIR is a musical companion to Paul Auster’s abstract "soft-boiled"" crime stories from his New York Trilogy of the 1980s, set in conversation with the West Coast classic hard-boiled 1920s-era detective fiction of Dashiell Hammett. The music progresses like a detective’s case, using clues and imagery from the crime novels such as maps, letters, messages and relationships between characters, numbers and places, to create compositions with acoustic and electric sounds, field recordings and composed and improvised material. The musicians navigate musical clues, cryptograms, found composed fragments and other "unsolved" musical elements to create different versions of the piece for different performances.


Sean Hamilton

Sean Hamilton is a percussionist, composer, and improviser based in Tampa, Florida. This project features improvised compositions for solo drum set and electronics written to explore the symbiotic possibilities of acoustic and electronic sound. It has been featured throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom, on WKCR-FM New York's Afternoon New Music, at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, the Orlando Fringe Festival, the Anxious Sound Series in New Orleans, and at the 2017 SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States) National Conference. It has also been featured at colleges and universities including the University of Michigan, New York University, California State University Long Beach, and the University of Leeds.

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DOORS 9:00 PM; SHOW 9:30 PM

$7-15 sliding scale

Oakland Freedom Jazz Society takes place every Monday night at Studio Grand. Lineups feature avant-jazz, experimental and noise performances by local and touring musicians and multimedia artists. OFJS is a long-running (4 years and counting!) series curated by Fernando Carpenter of VAMP.  For more information, check out OFJS's Facebook page.